Federal officials in Australia published their own press release following the Operation Hyperion events in October. Australia, like many countries worldwide, participated in the global darknet investigation called Operation Hyperion. The Australian Federal Police (AFP) were among few agencies worldwide to issue a more-than-boilerplate press release.
The press release, jointly published by the AFP and Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission, described the ‘Darknet Period of Action’ as an initiative “to develop a more unified global law enforcement.” In Australia, the press release explained, the ‘Darknet Period of Action’ involved police activity across every state and territory in Australia.
The joint police work resulted in the execution of 11 warrants, four arrests, and six summons. Police found an array of drugs while executing the search warrants; some of which were listed: MDMA, steroids, cannabis, opium, cocaine and methamphetamine. More are to come in the following weeks, according to the report.
Minister for Justice, Michael Keenan spoke to the efficacy of Australian law enforcement:
Australians can rest assured that our Law Enforcement Agencies and their international partners are committed to targeting illicit drug trafficking by organised crime groups on every scale, from large multi-million dollar bulk shipments to small packages sent via ‘scatter importation’ methods through